For the second time this season, the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team took out Crescenta Valley in three games.
So there was nothing too unusual in the 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 Pacific League road victory by the Indians on Tuesday despite each team having the same record in league play.
The Indians were able to wear down the Falcons from the outset in the battle for second place. Meanwhile, powerful Arcadia sits atop the league standings.
“I know we won in three, but I thought we played somewhat tentative, especially in the first game,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “It [being tentative] changed about half way through the second game. We have to play well because they’re good.”
Spearheading the offense was junior outside hitter Marin Grote’s match-best 21 kills.
Senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster and junior outside hitter Julianna Cottrell both delivered five winners.
The first set was even at 5-5 and 10-10 on Grote’s block before the Indians pulled ahead 14-10 on Paster’s service ace.
Burroughs was able to secure 12 points when Paster was at the service line which tilted the match in the Indians favor.
Burroughs (17-5 and 10-2 in league) shoved ahead 20-13 on sophomore Juliana Van Loo’s stuff at the net, and led 24-17 on Paster’s smash. Cottrell’s dagger claimed the initial set.
Van Loo’s kill evened the second game at 3-3, but the Falcons moved in front 12-8 on a kill from junior Patty Kerman.
The Falcons (12-9 and 9-3 in league) evened the middle set at 15-15 on Kerman’s winner, however the Indians took over and led 18-16 on Van Loo’s block.
It was level at 19-19, but Burroughs rallied and went on a 6-4 blitz that included kills from Grote to make it 24-22 and Grote’s slam to secure the set.
The Indians seized control 5-1 on a tapper from Grote in the final set which forced a time out from the Falcons.
From this point, it was clear that a sweep seemed likely and it was as Burroughs pulled ahead 8-4 on Grote’s dagger.
The lead ballooned to 14-7 when Paster collected a kill and 17-11 on Grote’s bomb.
Junior setter Lauren Zedlar’s winner pushed the advantage to 20-12 and Van Loo’s smash made it 21-12. Junior defensive specialist Lizzy Jessen’s ace gave the Indians a 10-point advantage.
In short order, the Indians claimed the set and match on Cottrell’s kill and Paster’s bullet ice the victory.
“We were a lot more relaxed and not too hyper,” Cottrell said. “We’re much better when we play that way so we can focus on what we have to do.”